Boots confirms 47 store closures across UK - full list of those affected

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Boots, the well-known British high-street mainstay, has been striving to reduce its footprint in the UK, having announced last year that it plans to shutter around 300 of its chemists. This move is pushing consumers to seek their health and beauty essentials elsewhere.

The latest news from the company, which has its headquarters in Nottingham, confirms that 253 shops have indeed permanently closed as part of this strategic initiative. While the firm reassures its loyal customers that there will always be another Boots store within three miles of any closure, a considerable number of branches, 47 to be exact, are still on the target list for shutting down.

This information comes on the heels of a recent report showing an uptick in sales during the most recent quarter, despite the parent company lowering profit predictions as it wraps up operations in America.

Despite experiencing a surge in both pharmacy and retail sectors in the quarter ending in May, Boots UK saw an overall dip in growth in sales to just 1.6 percent. This was influenced by the spate of store closures over the past twelve months, reveals a report in the Express.

This drastic trimming has seen Boots' physical presence diminish from approximately 2,200 to around 1,900 locations, reports the Mirror.

Areas like Cornwall have felt the harsh effects with four closures in Pool, Camborne, Redruth, and St Blazey. The South West experienced multiple closures too, with Plymouth losing four outlets, and both Teignbridge and Swindon bidding adieu to one each.

However, a glimmer of hope remains in St Austell, Cornwall. Here, the Carlyon Road branch at Polkyth Parade still stands bravely, despite making the roster for last year's closures.

Residents regard this shop as an essential "lifeline" pharmacy.

Michelle Dormand, aged 44, earlier expressed her concern to Cornwall Live, stating that the closure would have a significant impact on her family. They rely heavily on this location for convenient access to an array of medications and supplements required by her disabled son.

She stated: "I can't drive and I've got arthritis in my hips so walking up and down that big hill carrying all my son's medicines is going to be a lot. We have a lot of medications to collect sometimes and they weigh an absolute ton."

Boots stores closing this year:

  • Carlyon Road, St Austell, Cornwall (no specific date confirmed)

  • St Blazey, Cornwall (no specific date confirmed)

  • Front Street, Prudhoe (no specific date confirmed)

  • Lurgan (no specific date confirmed)

  • Chard Road, Plymouth (no specific date confirmed)

  • Mannamead Road, Plymouth (no specific date confirmed)

  • Claremont Street, Plymouth (no specific date confirmed)

  • Portland Walk, Barrow (no specific date confirmed)

  • Gestridge Road, Teignbridge (no specific date confirmed)